UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Mandarin level 4 plus

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Mandarin syllabus level 4 at UCL Centre for Languages & International Education or A level grade (or equivalent).  

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students who already have an advanced knowledge of Mandarin to acquire a better fluency in Mandarin. Students will be able to follow discussions and debates on current issues as well as communicate in all situations using complex and linguistically more accurate structures. Cultural awareness will be further developed.


  • Making a suggestion
  • Expressing a possibility
  • Learning to read news articles
  • Clarifying a point of view
  • Presenting one’s ideas clearly and efficiently

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered:

  • Press and media
  • Education
  • Culture
  • Life in China

Linguistic structures/ Phonetics

Differences between Mandarin spoken in Northern and Southern China.


  • Accurate use of particles
  • Different prepositions
  • Constructions yue…yue…
  • Different types of complements
  • Adverbs you and zai

Learning resources


Course book: 《Discover china – 4》 ( From Unit 7 to unit 12)        

Bilingual Dictionaries

  • Langenscheidt dictionary
  • Macmillan-FLTRP Chinese Character Dictionary



In addition there are supplementary materials for self-study in the Self-Access Centre.